External SATA drive

I have a external SATA backup drive that I only turn on when i want to use it. the drive does not show unless I reboot. what can I do to make it immediately available?
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    If your motherboard doesn't support hot swap, there is nothing you can do. In some cases, you can run the device manager and have it scan for new hardware and it will find the drive.
  2. Thanks Hawkeye22, "scan for new hardware" worked perfect. Thanks for the lightning fast reply.
  3. Great! Glad it worked for you.
  4. Best answer selected by Nomad1500.
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